Another day, another omission, another Jared Kushner Lie.
Jared Kushner “enriched himself” by not revealing his ownership of a real estate tech business that raised millions of dollars while he served in the government, said a member of the House Judiciary Committee, calling it part of a pattern of unethical behavior that he believes should cause the White House Senior Adviser to be stripped of his security clearance.
How Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump avoided criminal prosecution in Trump Soho Project by way of a $25,000 donation.
In one e-mail, according to four people who have seen it, the Trumps discussed how to coördinate false information they had given to prospective buyers. In another, according to a person who read the e-mails, they worried that a reporter might be on to them. In yet another, Donald, Jr., spoke reassuringly to a broker who was concerned about the false statements, saying that nobody would ever find out, because only people on the e-mail chain or in the Trump Organization knew about the deception, according to a person who saw the e-mail. There was “no doubt” that the Trump children “approved, knew of, agreed to, and intentionally inflated the numbers to make more sales,” one person who saw the e-mails told us. “They knew it was wrong.” More from The New Yorker here.
Trump campaign manager Manafort offered private briefings to Putin-linked oligarch Deripaska two weeks before Republican nomination!
Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,”
Our thought bubble: The dramatically different information Trump receives daily under the leadership of Chief of Staff John Kelly is an under-looked factor in Trump’s decision to double down on his partnership with the Democratic leaders.
Trump’s top advisers — Jared and Ivanka, General Kelly, and Gary Cohn among them — are mostly sympathetic to “Dreamers.” There’s no more Steve Bannon. And Stephen Miller’s nationalistic voice is a lonely one inside the White House these days. So consider how different life is these days for aides bent out of shape by Trump’s public pivot to Marco Rubio-style arguments regarding a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought here illegally as children.
Trump Organization sought Moscow real estate deal while Trump campaigned for President yet he claimed he had nothing to do with Russia.
As part of the discussions, a Russian-born real estate developer urged Trump to come to Moscow to tout the proposal and suggested that he could get President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump, according to several people who have been briefed on his correspondence.
The developer, Felix Sater, predicted in a November 2015 email that he and Trump Organization leaders would soon be celebrating — both one of the biggest residential projects in real estate history and Donald Trump’s election as president, according to two of the people with knowledge of the exchange. More from The Washington Post here.
Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow repeatedly denied the President had any involvement in Don Jr.’s statement about June meeting with Russian lawyer which is untrue.
The Washington Post reported Monday night that the president himself was responsible for the drafting of Donald Trump Jr.’s misleading statement after the New York Times revealed that the younger Trump had arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. Sources say White House advisers had decided to be transparent about the meeting, but the president changed the game plan at the last minute to misleadingly suggest that the meeting was about adoption. The full truth soon came out that the meeting was arranged to discuss compromising information, supposedly from the Russian government, about Hillary Clinton.
Trump personally dictated Don Jr.’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian attorney.
Flying home from Germany on July 8 aboard Air Force One, Trump personally dictated a statement in which Trump Jr. said he and the Russian lawyer had “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” when they met in June 2016, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deliberations. The statement, issued to the New York Times as it prepared a story, emphasized that the subject of the meeting was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
Former Soviet counterintelligence officer accompanied Russian lawyer to meet Don Jr. for promise of compromising material on Clinton!
The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.
The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies. He accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law; and Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign. More from NBC News here.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos illegally delays Obama regulations now sued by Massachusetts and other 18 Democratic attorneys general!
The lawsuit, led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday over her delay of regulations meant to protect federal student loan borrowers defrauded by their schools.
The lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in D.C., led by Massachusetts and joined by 18 other Democratic attorneys general, accuses DeVos of illegally delaying the regulations aimed at predatory colleges, which were finalized by the Obama administration and had been set to take effect on July 1. More from Politico here.
Trump asking for voter data from all states, 44 have denied so far this Independence Day weekend — Trump’s Commission cannot be trusted.
CNN is now reporting forty-four states have refused the Trump administration’s request for certain voter information, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states.
State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation — from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public.
“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”
The information the commission is seeking includes registrants’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, the last four digits of their social security numbers, a list of the elections they voted in since 2006, information on any felony convictions, information on whether they were registered to vote in other states, their military status, and whether they lived overseas. More from CNN here.